In his first television appearance since being indicted on federally corruption charges two weeks ago, Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) vowed to remain in the Senate and insisted that he will beat the charges leveled against him.

Menendez is charged with bribery for allegedly accepting close to $1 million in gifts — including campaign contributions and trips on private jets — from Salomon Melgen, a friend of Menendez who federal officials say then benefited from business help from the senator’s office.

“Prosecutors take snippets of story to make their case. We will have an opportunity in court to make the entire case,” Menendez told Fox News Sunday's Chris Wallace. “And when all of the facts are known, I know that I will be vindicated and we will win.”

The interview quickly shifted to foreign policy, specifically Cuba and Iran — issues on which Menendez is a major player as the ranking Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and as the committee’s former chairman.

The son of Cuban immigrants, Menendez has been one of the leading critics of the Obama administration’s moves to normalize relations with Cuba.

Yet he rejected the suggestion by some that the federal charges could be retribution for his outspoken criticism of the administration, especially on Iran and Cuba.

“I cannot imagine that an administration, this or any other, would go to such lengths and undermine our constitutional democracy,” the senator said.